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Thangorodrim

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  1. Another interesting artsy thing might be that as the adventure progresses you come into taverns and you hear them singing songs about your exploits ... or maybe some of the villages have local painters that are painting your adventurers
  2. I don't know ... I think that cut scenes in games have been done to death and aren't really that powerful anymore ... I think if they add some sort of narrative introduction to certain key game areas or major regions it might establish more of a connection to the game in a literary sense and that might help with emotional attachment of some sort. As to specific emotional events I wouldn't mind some sort of location or event where they try and build a more emotional atmosphere (but not with over the top stuff like DA). Perhaps you could encounter a haunted castle as a quest. Different roo
  3. Well, since we are going to have 2 cities because of the stretch goals maybe they could make a story element about this ... one city could be less crowded because it is in decline and not fully populated (they could have the city be somewhat in disrepair) or maybe it could be suffering from a disease or curse ... the other could be the newer booming city ... I like the idea of a ruined city as well ... it would be great if it was a large city and populated with wild animals and various monsters
  4. Because it would be boring otherwise. Why would your farm-raised (merchant/whatever) boy/girl leave the farm without some sort of call to action? Why would anyone in their right mind leave the security of their mundane surroundings to go fight monsters? Even Jack in the Bean Stalk has a call to action. Why is your country boy going to the big city? The story you are talking about country boy goes to city, witnesses some event, and then buys his plow and returns to the farm is very boring. Yes, God forbid a rebellious young farmer would ever want to leave the boring farm country
  5. I think the amoral approach you suggest should definitely be an option but depending on your point of view certain actions can be considered distinctly more "right" or more "wrong" ... the difference between rescuing the Little Sisters in Bioshock and harvesting them is stark ... and there are different rewards or penalties for pursuing either approach (but they are both viable game play options that suit a particular playing style) ... I like to have a few choices in the game and consequences that are equally stark
  6. I don't think the system can or should prevent certain actions ... I think it should just result in different game play results if you pursue a "kill everything on the map" approach vs a "rescue everything on the map" approach vs something in between ... whether the results of your actions are considered a penalty or reward largely depends on the player's perspective but I think actions should have results and actions that are grayer in nature should have results that are equally gray
  7. Why does the game need an event at all? Why not just have the character going into the world with the wide eyed intensity of the country boy going to the big city? If an event is needed to propel the quest it doesn't need to revolve around the main character at all. It's not like we are going to not play the game if the event doesn't involve us directly
  8. Even without formal alignment they could still do a mix of good, bad, and grey ... as you mentioned however, without alignment you might get more shades of grey ... hopefully even without alignment they will have some measure of a character's "goodness" or "badness" ... whether they go the route of Karma or renown/infamy or something else it is useful to give characters actual moral choices with consequences (being good in Fallout 3 resulted in a bounty on your head from the 'evil' factions while being evil resulted in you being hunted by the 'good' factions - only by being neutral could y
  9. It is nice to have a little depth to your characters and NPCs... most people are neither completely black or completely white but some shade of grey ... villains who have a little depth to them or tragic heroes are always more interesting ... one of my favorite examples of a villain who you can't quite hate or love is the character in the Star Trek Next Generation episode "The Survivors" ... when they finally discover his "crime" they respond that they have no court capable of judging his crime or a being of his power so they simply leave him be Another notable example is the comment made
  10. What do folks think of quests with clear moral connotations, depending on the solution chosen? - the Slaver quest in Fallout 3 where you can either kill the slavers or sell the former slaves to them - Neverwinter Nights quest where you are presented with the "opportunity" to sell diseased blankets to orcs (I think it was) to subject them to a form of genocide - your choices of disposition for Megaton City in Fallout 3 (Save it, Destroy it, leave it alone) - Choice of siding with the Zombies or the Residents of Ten Penny towers in Fallout 3 ... although with the results, the mor
  11. What if you run into a dungeon with a really narrow door ... the other characters might have to kick and push him to get him inside ... either that or he might get stuck in the only entrance and the characters who rushed in ahead of him will slowly starve to death The party will simply have to lube him/her up with lard, a d20 roll will be required for success, rolling a crit failure will be amusing. I wouldn't mind if they got those bonuses btw, but they should have a penalty to AC (easier to hit) and take a dex penalty as well. Hmmm ... I wonder which store will sell that v
  12. Unless it serves some purpose in the game it probably isn't needed. - Alcohol serves a distinct purpose since the taverns were the social and news centers of the day, and the tradition of taverns in RPGs is well established. Most RPGs also give you distinct penalties (as in real life) for over indulging (lowered dexterity and sometimes an inability to fully control actions). - Stims were well represented in Fallout and they also had distince uses and penalties for overuse. - skooma was used in Elder Scrolls for several quests and the player had the option to use with very distinct
  13. What if you run into a dungeon with a really narrow door ... the other characters might have to kick and push him to get him inside ... either that or he might get stuck in the only entrance and the characters who rushed in ahead of him will slowly starve to death
  14. If you look at the literary character of Conan the Barbarian he had some of his greatest adventures in his 30's and became the King of Aquilonia in his mid 40's. A middle age is certainly realistic. The literary characters of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins in LoTR and Hobbit were both adventuring in their middle ages as well. As I think about it more after reading the wide variety of posts and opinions on this, I would think these types of restrictions would work best for age, if it was actually implemented: Strength could be maximum of 19 through age 21 or so. Max of 18 into mid 30's. Max o
  15. They had different views because then, a luxurious sedentary lifestyle was an all but unimaginable dream for the majority of people. Fat was a sign of being well off, and not having to work hard. Now, that's the norm, and having the time/money to buy healthy food and work out is a sign of success. So while some fat may have been considered attractive, that was exactly because it was not seen on the kind folks we're likely to be playing as in PE. Also, obesity was associated with gluttony and laziness practically since the beginning of time. When people say that fat was attractive, they're talk
  16. They had different views because then, a luxurious sedentary lifestyle was an all but unimaginable dream for the majority of people. Fat was a sign of being well off, and not having to work hard. Now, that's the norm, and having the time/money to buy healthy food and work out is a sign of success. So while some fat may have been considered attractive, that was exactly because it was not seen on the kind folks we're likely to be playing as in PE. Also, obesity was associated with gluttony and laziness practically since the beginning of time. When people say that fat was attractive, they're talk
  17. Exactly ... and most of the wealthy classes weren't tramping all over creation adventuring either ... they tended to stay in their big castles eating and staying out of the sun ... maybe we could add a litter with bearers for the fat characters in the game ... or the Asics of Speed for the really thin ones
  18. I think there should be some class specific quests (based on your main character) and possibly some race specific quests ... I don't have a problem with level specific quests either (you have to have a minimum level or renown before being offered one of these quests) ... however, I think if you don't meet the criteria of the quest then it shouldn't even be offered to you ... they should also try and make sure there aren't broken quests ... this was something that drove me crazy in Elder Scrolls Oblivion when the character I needed for a quest had been killed ... those really drove me craz
  19. As Freud said, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" ... I don't think we need to write societal issues into every single game we play ... in a medieval setting like PE, questions of slavery, race, age, religion, superstition, and gender are all valid for that environment as they were inherent to those times ... the question of weight didn't arise until modern times when our eating habits and activity levels lost their alignment (the vast availability of simple foods hasn't helped either) People in medieval times ate little, not due to a desire to do so, but do to an inability to overindulge
  20. A range of character portraits is desirable but in general the game avatars are pretty small and don't favor one body type over another ... I think people do sometimes get too hung up on social agendas in every form of media there is ... I would like to see them deviate from the cultural misogynistic stereotypes of woman in these games more than I would societal elements like body type ... the number of people who would be classified as "fat" is really more of a modern age problem ... in medieval days you didn't have too many fat people except for the indolent wealthy types because everyon
  21. For me the ideal combination would be the complex story of Planescape Torment, the epic scale of Baldur's Gate, and the tactical combat and dungeons of IceWind Dale.
  22. If they pursue the concept of skills then I think a range of increasing skills at the price of decreasing strength and possibly constitution would make for an interesting game play mechanism that wouldn't have a severe impact on play balance or starting balance. For example, you could start the game at 16 with standard abilities and a certain pool of skill points (5 for example). If you want to increase your age you would lose 1 strength for every 7 years and 1 constitution for every 14 but gain 2 skill points for every 7 years. They could limit this progression to a max age of 37 for insta
  23. I would prefer the dialog options be more in line with BG2 ... however, to have a voice narrator to provide atmosphere or location descriptions would give it more of an old PnP RPG feel. The narration concept also worked extremely well in the indie title Bastion so I think they could make it work. I would like that approach better with reading the dialog and listening to a narrator add depth over individual voicing of the characters (which would also increase cost). A lengthy written exposition in exploration situations might be very useful though, as opposed to the dialog example. For
  24. I would like the idea of some class guilds (Mage Guild, Fighter Guild, Rogues Guild, etc) that the main character could join and possibly advance in. There could be class specific quests from within the guild but they should be limited (5-8 maybe?). I wouldn't really want to see too many non guild class related quests though. I would have no problem with some quests awarding class specific items as rewards that might or might not benefit the party. But I wouldn't want to see too many quests limited to just one class or another. You might balance some quests though so they are easier for o
  25. I liked in D&D where it was defined that the arcane magics of the spellcasters were interfered with by the metal armors ... since some of the casters also used arcane gestures they needed a range of motion that all but cloth armor prohibited ... to compensate them for this weakness they had lots of protection spells for themselves, areas, and groups ... if every character can do everything then you become like Elder Scrolls Oblivion ... although it was fun to be able to complete all the quests for all the classes it also removes some of the role playing choices and uniqueness of the c
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